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Mexican Guards Let Killers Out, Lend Guns

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Mexico: Prison guards let killers out, lent guns

By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer Sun Jul 25, 2010

MEXICO CITY – Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and sent them off in official vehicles to carry out drug-related killings, including the massacre of 17 people last week, prosecutors said Sunday.

After carrying out the killings the inmates would return to their cells, the Attorney General’s Office said in a revelation that was shocking even for a country wearied by years of drug violence and corruption.

"According to witnesses, the inmates were allowed to leave with authorization of the prison director … to carry out instructions for revenge attacks using official vehicles and using guards’ weapons for executions," office spokesman Ricardo Najera said at a news conference.

When you come down to it, how is this any different from what the US does when we catch these criminals on our side of the border? Don’t we just give them a very pleasant detention, before we fly them back home?

Granted, we don’t supply them with free weapons – yet.

The director of the prison in Gomez Palacio in Durango state and three other officials were placed under a form of house arrest pending further investigation. No charges have yet been filed.

Prosecutors said the prison-based hit squad is suspected in three mass shootings, including the July 18 attack on a party in the city of Torreon, which is near Gomez Palacio. In that incident, gunmen fired indiscriminately into a crowd of mainly young people in a rented hall, killing 17 people, including women.

Police found more than 120 bullet casings at the scene, and Najera said tests matched those casings to four assault rifles assigned to guards at the prison.

Similar ballistics tests linked the guns to earlier killings at two bars in Torreon, the capital of northern Coahuila state, he said. At least 16 people were killed in those attacks on Feb. 1 and May 15, local media reported…

Mexico has long had a problem with investigating crimes, catching criminals and convicting people. Reports estimate less than 2 percent of crimes in Mexico result in prison sentences. But Sunday’s revelation suggests that even putting cartel gunmen in prison may not prevent them from continuing to commit crimes

Still, Mexico’s rate of imprisoning these criminals beats ours, since we simply send them home where they can resume their brilliant careers.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Mexican Guards Let Killers Out, Lend Guns”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    This is where we are headed.
    We allow corrupt politicians and bureaucrats to keep their jobs (if they belong to the ruling party).
    We let the screamers in the streets choose which laws are to be enforced and ignored.
    We are reducing the penalties for drug related crime and legalizing illegal substances.
    We are tolerating increased violence by criminals while the left continues to attempt to disarm the public.
    We tolerate correctional unions that care more for the guards comfort and financial security than our security and financial solvency.

  2. Papa Louie says:

    “After carrying out the killings the inmates would return to their cells”

    That’s the part I don’t understand. They’re out of prison, they have guns, they have transportation, and the prison officials who could turn them in are unlikely to implicate themselves. So why not head for the border? They must have been having a lot of fun in that prison to willingly return to their cells.

  3. canary says:

    This is not the first time Mexican prison guards helped murderers escape since Obama, Hillary, & DHS Secretary have been cahooting with the latest corrupt Mexican President.

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